Thursday, February 10, 2005
rice in europe
presenting the softer face of american ideological fascism has given some in europe the public opportunity they desperately desire for reconciliation. the estrangement of atlanticism has worn nerves raw for many who view a relationship of opposition, even antagonism with america as a potentially catastrophic step.
but reconciliation will have limits, as the tactical differences remain -- and, more profoundly, the philosophy has changed. the united states has moved steadily away from internationalism and utilitarianism since the 1960s.
we shall see -- rumsfeld heads to europe this week. if no news emerges of his bluster from the nato meetings in nice, it will be a victory for the bush administration.